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Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.

Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.
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Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.

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English


Episodes

Episode 220 - Siva Kumari

8/13/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with the Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB), Dr. Siva Kumari. They discuss her role as the first-ever woman to lead the IB, a 50-year-old multinational, not-for-profit foundation focused on delivering exceptional global education to students around the world. Follow Siva: @siva_kumari. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Blue Apron. For THREE free meals on your first order,...

Duration:01:09:52

Episode 219 - Adam Frank

8/6/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Dr. Adam Frank, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester. They talk about his new book, "Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth." Topics include: how we can shift our perspective on climate change to be better prepared for its challenges, and why we're likely not alone in the universe. Follow Adam: @AdamFrank4. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by...

Duration:01:15:00

Episode 218 - Helen Pates Jamet

7/31/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Helen Pates Jamet, a medical entomologist who specializes in malaria prevention, research, and vector control product development. She works as the Global Head of Research and Market Access for Vestergaard, the world's largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets. They talk about the global impact of malaria, a devastating disease that infects over 200 million people and causes nearly half a million deaths annually. Helen shares...

Duration:01:18:11

Episode 217 - Eugenia Bone

7/24/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Eugenia Bone, author of the new book "Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You." They discuss Eugenia's journey back to school to learn about the microbiome, the vast collection of all the microbes (and their genes) living inside you. They also talk about her fascinating career as a nature and food writer. Follow Eugenia: @eugeniabone. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode is sponsored by Bombas, the most...

Duration:01:14:56

Episode 216 - Heather Burdick

7/16/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by Heather Burdick, the Director of Marine Operations for the Bay Foundation. They talk about her work supporting the Marine Team on various projects involving research, monitoring, and ecological restoration throughout the Santa Monica Bay. The specifically discuss the Palos Verdes Kelp Restoration Project and southern California abalone recovery efforts. Follow the Bay Foundation: @SMBRF. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy...

Duration:01:06:01

Episode 215 - Margot Mifflin

7/9/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Lehman College/City University of New York and CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Professor Margot Mifflin. They talk about her research into feminist tattoo culture, including two of her books, "Bodies of Subversion" and "The Blue Tattoo." Follow Margot: @Msmifflin. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode is sponsored by Bombas, the most comfortable socks in the history of feet! For 20% off your first order,...

Duration:01:10:06

Episode 214 - Bertha Vasquez

7/2/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Bertha Vazquez, the Director of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, a division of the Center for Inquiry. They discuss her incredible work providing the tools and training necessary to effectively teach the science of evolution throughout middle schools in the United States. Follow TIES: @rdfrsTIES. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk...

Duration:01:00:56

Episode 213 - Michael Lemonick

6/26/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Michael Lemonick, the Opinion Editor at Scientific American. They talk about his book, "The Perpetual Now: A story of amnesia, memory, and love." He shares the tale of a woman whose brain was ravaged by encephalitis, disrupting her ability to form new memories and destroying her recollections from the past. However, her intellect and artistic ability remained relatively intact, providing researchers with insights into the wonders of the...

Duration:01:07:18

Episode 212 - Nick Pyenson

6/18/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History paleobiologist and Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals Dr. Nick Pyenson about his new book, "Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures." They talk about the similarities between cetaceans and land-dwelling mammals, along with what makes them unique among Earth's creatures (extinct and extant). Follow Nick: @PyensonLab. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy...

Duration:01:16:31

Episode 211 - Angela Garbes

6/11/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy. Angela tells Cara about her own experiences as a writer and a mother, including the ways women lack pre- and postnatal support in American society. Follow Angela: @agarbes. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode is sponsored by Jamf Now, your cloud-based mobile device management solution for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac...

Duration:01:00:09

Episode 210 - Carl Zimmer

6/4/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by celebrated science writer Carl Zimmer, author of "She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potentials of Heredity." They discuss the promises of modern genetics research and applications, as well as the dark history of the eugenics movement. Carl also tells of his personal journey to uncover the secrets that lie within his own genome. Follow Carl: @carlzimmer. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of...

Duration:00:53:43

Episode 208 - Kari Byron

5/21/2018
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On this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Kari Byron to talk about her new book, "Crash Test Girl: An Unlikely Experiment in Using the Scientific Method to Answer Life's Toughest Questions." They talk about her time on Mythbusters, the importance of the scientific method, and how her work on television is empowering her daughter and other young girls to be who they really are. Follow Kari: @KariByron. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is...

Duration:00:56:20

Episode 207 - Samantha Yammine

5/14/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with science communicator and Ph.D. student Samantha Yammine, better known as Science Sam. They discuss the importance of the public dissemination of science, the special role social media has to play, and the difficulties facing some science communicators within their own institutions. They also talk about her research in stem cell biology and neuroscience! Follow Sam: @heysciencesam. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey

Duration:01:12:47

Episode 206 - Robert Kurson

5/7/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Robert Kurson, the author of "Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon." He describes the trials and tribulations of the Apollo 8 mission as well as the bravery and fortitude of the men and women who made it happen. In addition, they discuss the impact of the odyssey, during arguably one of the worst years in American history, 1968. Follow Robert: @robertkurson. Support Talk Nerdy...

Duration:01:13:59

Episode 205 - Sharon Weinberger

5/1/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Sharon Weinberger, the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy. They talk about her new book, "The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World." They discuss DARPA's successes and failures, including the internet, drones, Agent Orange, mass surveillance, and its curious relationship with climate science. Follow Sharon: @weinbergersa. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey

Duration:00:54:20

Episode 204 - Lauren Ayton

4/23/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Lauren Ayton, the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Bionic Eye Technologies. They talk about all things vision, including how the eye works and what can go wrong with it. Then they discuss incredible bionic implants and prostheses that are offering the gift of sight to those who've been living without it. Follow Lauren: @DrLaurenAyton. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by...

Duration:01:12:42

Episode 202 - Mark O'Connell

4/10/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with author Mark O'Connell about his new book "To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death." They talk about the process of writing a book, a well as the things he learned during his investigation of the fascinating and sometimes troubling transhumanist movement. Follow Mark: @mrkocnnll. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by...

Duration:01:09:28

Episode 201 - Melissa Dahl

4/2/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with journalist and editor Melissa Dahl about her new book, “Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness.” They talk about what makes us shudder, from the sound of our own voices to the prospect of starting a conversation with strangers on the New York City subway. Follow Melissa: @melissadahl. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by the Waterline podcast. Listen now iTunes or your favorite podcast app!

Duration:00:45:10

Episode 200 - Cara Santa Maria AMA

3/24/2018
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It's the 200th episode of Talk Nerdy! To celebrate, Cara brings back the Ask Me Anything (AMA) format, with a twist! This week, Cara is joined in studio by friend of the show and host of the Ologies podcast, Alie Ward. She scans the brilliant questions provided by you, the Talk Nerdy listeners, and selects her favorites to turn the tables and interview Cara! They cover ground from space travel to science communication to Killer, of course! And Cara answers her famous final two questions....

Duration:01:10:00

Episode 199 - Adam Becker

3/19/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by astrophysicist Dr. Adam Becker to talk about his new book, "What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics." They talk about the important role philosophy plays in understanding the scientific process as well as what happens when you question one of the sacred cows of quantum physics, the Copenhagen interpretation. Follow Adam: @FreelanceAstro. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk...

Duration:01:26:32